Orange is The New Black: A Letter to Piper and Review


How OITNB Memoir Changed Me

You’ve all probably heard of the hit Netflix series Orange Is The New Black, but, did you know its based on a true story?

The original story is written by Piper Kerman, who went to a woman’s prison for a year. Piper, of course, went to jail on a drug crime. Unlike the show she hates her ally in crime “Alex” or in real life Nora, for what she did to her and Larry wasn’t a d***. There are a lot of the same details, though, like Red, or in the book Pop, you defiantly grew attached to her and gained a lot of respect for that Russian women. Pensatucky is there too, and Crazy Eyes. I won’t spoil it though because I want you guys to read it.

Anyways, the book is moving. I had my mind set that people in prison deserved to be there and should rot away. After reading the book I understood that they had a life story and they just made mistakes. I felt horrible for these women because the prison system is jacked up. I cried, I laughed, and I wished I could do something for them.

This book not only changed my view on the women’s prison, it changed my life. I now want to learn more about prisons to help people and see what I can do, I want to change them. I want something better to be done. Don’t get me wrong, I think rapists and murder’s are in there for a reason and a good reason but petty drug crimes and addicts are a different story.

Here is the letter:

Dear Piper Kerman,

You are a brave women for sharing your story with others, and a brave human-being for enduring so much. What the system did to is unjust even if you did break the law, the system is corrupt and not right. I cried when you got sent to the Chicago MCC and wasn’t able to go back to Danbury, that place was horrid. I cried when you got released, I cried many times.

The system needs to be changed and I would like to help with that, either by writing or making a difference somehow or recommending your book.

For Pop: I wish her as many years as freedom she can get, this women deserves it for taking so many girls under her wing and making her stay to help others. I wish her the best in the world.

For the others: I wish you all the best. No matter who you are, you deserve it. XX

Also, if there’s anything you need (especially books ;)) let me know, I follow your wish list! And if you know anyone behind bars who needs help, let me know and I’ll write them and try to send books when I have money!

Wishing you the best,
Jenna VanHoof XX

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Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Amazon, I am just recommending the book for others.

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